It was a hot day at Dove Valley, but that didn’t stop our Denver Broncos from hitting the field for their first Training Camp practice of the 2019 season.
Today we have an update on the quarterbacks(of course), Phillip Lindsay looking electric, the defense bringing the pressure, two young corners having good days, and another UDFA running back making a name for himself during Broncos camp?
Disclaimer: I was not at camp and this is just a collection of news and notes from other sources with my thoughts and opinions sprinkled in.
It was an up and down day for the quarterbacks, but that should be expected during the first day of Training Camp. However, both Joe Flacco and rookie Drew Lock made some big throws during practice today.
Flacco hit rookie wide receiver Juwann Winfree for a 20-yard or so touchdown pass.
Juwann Winfree with the first TD grab from Joe Flacco in the team period. Big cheer from crowd.— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) July 18, 2019
Lock followed in the veteran footsteps by hitting former cornerback now wide receiver Brendan Langley for a 50-yard touchdown pass. The first big “wow play” of camp and one we could see a lot during the upcoming days and weeks of practices.
Okay Drew Lock— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) July 18, 2019
50-yard bomb to Brendan Langley for the first big TD of camp.
Lock by all accounts had a solid all around day during his first ever Training Camp practice, however, he wasn’t the number two quarterback during today’s session. Vetern Kevin Hogan came in after Joe Flacco and really didn’t have a great day per reports.
One rough sequence of plays ended in an interception for Hogan.
Ugly series for Kevin Hogan and the second team offense, included a Bausby INT— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) July 18, 2019
After practice, Head Coach Vic Fangio was asked what about Joe Flacco stood out to him and he mentioned his calm demeanor.
“Joe’s got a calm demeanor about him, but he is still a fiery competitor. I think Joe’s at a time in his career that he has that calm demeanor about him—and when things are going good, it’s ‘Joe Cool.’ And if thinks aren’t going, well, Joe doesn’t care that much—or he’s not getting fired up. That’s how Joe is. Joe is a competitor. He leads through example. He is not going to be a guy who loses his emotions—but trust me, inside his brain and belly, it’s turning for him.”
Fangio was also asked what he wants to see from rookie quarterback Drew Lock throughout the remainder of the Training Camp practices and he kept it simple. He told reporters that he wants to see Lock improve in all areas and “just become a quarterback”.
“Improvement in all areas. Command of the offense, command of the line of scrimmage, decisions on where to throw the ball—how quickly he can make those decisions. Everything. Just become a quarterback.”
Locks development will be something to watch throughout the remainder of camp but it sounds like he had himself a solid first day.
Phillip Lindsay looking electric
Shocker, Phillip Lindsay looked electric today.
He sat out the entire offseason because he was recovering from a wrist injury that he suffered late in the year last year, but returned to the field today. The Broncos were expected to ease him back into things, but that wasn’t the case today. He took the first rep of practice today and was used in the passing game as well.
#broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (wrist) in on the first team rep of camp and gets the handoff. Didn’t take a single handoff all offseason. Good sign.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) July 18, 2019
Head Coach Vic Fangio told reporters that he thought that Lindsay looked good today and that he shouldn’t be surprised because he has been chomping at the bit.
“He looked good. About what I hoped he would. He had an unusual wrist injury but he had his legs. I probably shouldn’t be surprised. He was chomping at the bit to get out there.”
Quarterback Joe Flacco was asked about Lindsay and he mentioned his energy and personality as something that stands out about him.
“Phillip, he’s like one of my kids. I don’t know where he gets all the energy, but he has it 24/7. I think in individual [period] I turned around to hand him off on one of the wide zone plays and I barely got to him. All the other guys, they track a little bit different, but he’s a little amped up for getting out here I think the first time. Overall, it’s just his personality. He’s a lot of fun to be around because of that. He keeps a lot of energy around and keeps it young, keeps me young and everybody going.”
Lindsay figures to be a featured player in Rich Scangarello’s offense and I am excited to see how it all plays out.
Cornerbac Isaac Yiadom stood out today
Second-year corner Isaac Yiadom needed to step up in a big way this year and if the first Training Camp practice is any indication of what is to come, he will be making that second-year jump.
During one rep, he made an impressive leaping interception off a deep bomb from veteran quarterback Joe Flacco. He made a nice adjustment to get in front of the wide receiver and get to the ball to make the interception.
It was nice to hear that Yiadom was out there making plays today. The Broncos need him to make that second-year leap to give their conerback group that much more depth and versatility. It was just one practice, an unpadded practice, but a great start
Another UDFA star at running back for the Broncos?
Each year some player comes out of nowhere to make a name for himself during Training Camp. Last season, it was undrafted rookie running back Phillip Lindsay. Could the Broncos find themselves yet another UDFA runner to become a big-time contributor?
Well, UDFA runner Devontae Jackson is trying to do just that and by all accounts had himself a solid day.
Jackson is listed at just 5-7, 176 pounds, but he’s elusive in space. He has the speed to make people miss and take it to the house whenever he touches the ball. So despite being undersized, he could be a fun weapon for the Broncos offense if he continues this sort of play.
However, I would caution that we wait until the pads come on before claiming Jackson is the next Phillip Lindsay. Smaller speed guys always excel during non-contact/non-padded practices. We have seen it before with Isaiah McKenzie and Ronnie Hillman. Both always stood out during these practices and went silent when things got physical.
Jackson is still a name to watch and to keep an eye on during the coming days.
News and notes
- Newly signed Kareem Jackson played safety in the Broncos 1st team defense during team drills today. We will probably see him move around some, but it appears he will be a safety first.
- UDFA edge rusher Malik Reed stood out today. He consistently put pressure on the second and third team quarterbacks according to reports. He faces stiff competition to make the 53-man roster but performances like this help his case.
- Courtland Sutton dealt with some drops during today’s practice and will need to clean that up moving forward.
- Von Miller was Von Miller today. He was after quarterback Joe Flacco all day today. So as usual, Von is already ruining the first-team offenses day.
- Cornerback De’Vante Bausby hauled in an interception off quarterback Kevin Hogan during a tip drill. It was a “right time right place” scenario, but he showed a nice nose for the ball.
- Guard Ron Leary took first-team reps at right guard today but was spelled by Don Barclay on occasion.
- Starting inside linebacker Todd Davis was carted off the field with an ankle/foot injury and will undergo an MRI and X-Ray on it. Thankfully, it sounds like it was a minor injury that shouldn’t be an issue moving forward but we are still waiting for official word on it. Update: The injury is a bit more severe than originally anticipated and he will be out 3 to 4 weeks with a partial calf muscle tear.
- Tight end Bug Howard missed practice because he was sick. Head Coach Vic Fangio speculated that he had food poisoning.
- Punter Colby Wadman missed practice because of a “family issue back home”
- Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders returned to practice as expected but sat out team drills. He looked explosive with no signs of limitations from his torn achilles.
- Running back Phillip Lindsay looked himself and did not have any issues with a wrist injury that sidelined him for most off the offseason
- Guard Ron Leary who is also returning from a torn achilles was on the practice field as well.
- Finally, we have tight end Jake Butt who was recovering from his third ACL injury taking the field as well. He avoided the PUP and will eased into things, but it is a good sign to see him out there.
Tweets from camp
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Broncos are starting to roll out of the locker room. Some individual drills underway. FOOTBALL IS BACK. pic.twitter.com/WOQTmNGCqx— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) July 18, 2019
Wide receivers (including Emmanuel Sanders) working on their releases from the line of scrimmage pic.twitter.com/cEQ8X31GZZ— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) July 18, 2019
Phillip Lindsay got the biggest ovation from any Bronco when he took the field this morning.— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) July 18, 2019
He also got the first rep of team work. He’s ready to go.
Former Michigan safety Dymonte Thomas and tight end Jake Butt out at Broncos camp. pic.twitter.com/e8YZslt6s3— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) July 18, 2019
Well hello #Broncos training camp. Receivers getting in some early work. As always @rivercracraft and @Tpstreets putting in the time to improve. And yes that is Drew Lock out here. All is right with world. #Denver7 pic.twitter.com/E8856AuiL7— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 18, 2019
Von Miller takes the field as Broncos Training Camp begins pic.twitter.com/BbBroov9jC— Dave Althouse (@davealthouse) July 18, 2019
Nice break on the ball and PBU for De’Vante Bausby #Broncos— Sayre Bedinger (@SayreBedinger) July 18, 2019
Su’a Cravens just made a nice read and would have absolutely destroyed Fred Brown over the middle in game conditions #Broncos— Sayre Bedinger (@SayreBedinger) July 18, 2019
Von Miller doing Von Miller things, making life difficult for pass protection— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) July 18, 2019
DeShawn Williams had the pressure that led to Hogan’s INT, which was deflected by Alexander Johnson. Nice swim move to get to Hogan and force the errant pass.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) July 18, 2019
Malik Reed has gotten pressure on the backup QBs twice so far today, one of which likely would have been a sack in game conditions. That “sack” saw him force the RT deep in his alignment as he faded back, at which point Reed pivoted and streaked past the inside shoulder to the QB— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) July 18, 2019
Ugly series for Kevin Hogan and the second team offense, included a Bausby INT— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) July 18, 2019
Big throw from Flacco to Sutton over the middle. Sutton elevated over a couple DBs to go up and get it.— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) July 18, 2019
Juwann Winfree with the first big catch of camp. Laid out toward the sideline for a 15-20 yarder from Flacco.— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) July 18, 2019
Drew Lock felt the pressure from the outside and stepped up in the pocket for a short completion. Good footwork and poise.— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensBSN) July 18, 2019
First day of #broncoscamp is off to a fast start as the Defense takes advantage of some early offensive miscues. Today’s #johnnyonthespot goes to #41 De’Vante Bausby who took a deflected pass in for a #TouchDown @1043thefan ‘Safety Blitz’ @Broncos #broncoscountry #nfltrainingcamp pic.twitter.com/BQkxM2dtBr— Nick Ferguson (@NickFerguson_25) July 18, 2019
Head Coach Vic Fangio on edge rusher Bradley Chubb
“I think Bradley is in a good spot. I do think he is really a guy that we can use and have success in this defense. He is a good edge setter. He is versatile. We can play him inside. He is a very reliable player for a young guy—even when he is dropping, which is rare from those guys who come from college and were primarily defensive ends. He is farther along dropping than most of the guys I’ve seen that have to make that transition. I’m very pleased with him.”
Bradley Chubb on Head Coach Vic Fangio saying he is strong fundamentally
“I feel like that’s one of the main things I feel like got me to this point where I am at is the fundamentals. Paying attention to those small little details each and every day because when you become great it doesn’t just happen overnight. It happens because you’re paying attention to one small thing each day. I feel like if I just continue to do that, good things will start to happen. I feel like when coach has an emphasis on it, that makes me want to have an emphasis on it as well. Just putting on those one percent each day and just trying to get better as I can.”
Joe Flacco on how Scangarello’s offense compares to the Gary Kubiak style of offense that he experienced in Baltimore.
“I think there are obviously differences, but a lot of the terminology is the same. I think a lot of the concepts and what you want to do with the ball and the overall philosophy of what we want to do on offense is pretty similar. We have a lot of good running backs. We want to be physical in everything that we do. We want to be able to run the ball that way so we can utilize our play action and do all of the other things that come off of that. I think the philosophy overall is very similar.”